Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing Additives by Gas Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography

January 10, 2018

On Wednesday, January 17, Jamie Schenk, a PhD candidate at The University of Texas at Arlington, will present a talk titled “Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing Additives by Gas Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography.” The presentation is scheduled to take place at 9:00 a.m. in Room 381 B.

On Wednesday, January 17, Jamie Schenk, a PhD candidate at The University of Texas at Arlington, will present a talk titled “Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing Additives by Gas Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography.” The presentation is scheduled to take place at 9:00 a.m. in Room 381 B.

According to Schenk, the widespread popularity of the hydraulic fracturing technique coupled with horizontal drilling has introduced a new set of needs for analytical testing. Proppants and friction reducers are used in the process of hydraulic fracturing to improve productivity, but their behavior in downhole conditions have not been fully characterized. Leaching from resin-coatings of the proppants and byproducts formed under high-temperature and pressure can be of concern to productivity and groundwater contamination. In these experiments, gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS), GC–vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy (VUV), and liquid chromatography (LC) were all examined to identify and quantify compounds from various resin-coated proppants and friction reducers used in the fracking procedure.